Rhyn, a Wolleni depressed over the death in childbirth of his beloved half-Tslyddi wife, is ordered by the king to marry his wife’s sister. But Eva becomes jealous of Rhyn’s children and plots to turn them into swans. The spell goes awry; the children are only partially transformed. Worse, they must spend 900 years in their new shapes, and they may never be normal again. But at least they can still sing.
Based on an Irish tragedy, SwanSong is the story of how Neeve, Kennet, Corwin and Kyl cope with their transformed bodies in a world where magic is dying.
Today we have a sneak peek from author Pat Frayne’s young adult fantasy book, Topaz and the Plum-Gista Stone (Book 2 of the Tales of Topaz the Yellow Conjure Cat):
Topaz and his raccoon friend, Dooley, face life-threatening dangers when they try to help an old friend. Circumstances beyond their control force them to travel to a forbidden land in search of a rare and precious stone. Terrifying events cause Topaz to wonder if his conjure powers will be enough to protect them as dark magical forces begin to close in.
Managrail has been at peace for one hundred years, but things are about to change. After a near-fatal fall, Prince Simian and his sister, Lila, find themselves lost in an unknown land, forced to embark on a dangerous journey. Far away, another brother and sister return home, only to find their village of Dirth plundered and their family murdered. Two brother and sisters, different in every way, are brought together by tragedy. Can the powers of the enchanted Light Bringers save their lands and people from the dark powers of an evil sorceress?
The Rising (The Lost Children of Managrail), the young adult fantasy by Aron Joice, is available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, and all Amazon.com stores.
Nimpentoad is the fantasy story of a courageous and resourceful little Nibling who leads his tribe through the perilous Grunwald forest, overcoming obstacles and encountering strange creatures along the way. This post is about the creative journey of Nimpentoad by a father and his two young sons.
When my sons were five and seven years old, I wanted to share my love of fantasy with them. They were too young for watching most of the fantasy and sci-fi movie classics, and there are only so many good fantasy books available for that age range. Struck by inspiration one day, I came up with a way to share the joy of entering the magical realms of fantasy. I would write a fantasy book for them.
What I did not anticipate was that my boys would give me feedback on the story. They devised some of the character (“Nimpentoad”) and creature (“Neebel”) names, and made plot line suggestions. And who better to help make the story appealing to kids than other kids? So, my goal of interesting my sons in fantasy transformed into also encouraging them to write. Very cool. Continue reading “A Father and Two Sons Journey into Publishing by Henry Herz”